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01 Jun 2012 15:17:15

Hodgson backs goal-line experiment

England boss Roy Hodgson has backed the experiment with goal-line technology in Saturday's Wembley friendly with Belgium.

Although the system will not be operational in the sense of results being sent back to referee Peter Rasmussen, it will be a crucial part of a debate that may result in FIFA sanctioning the use of a system to rule on whether the ball has crossed the line when they meet in July.

Like most managers, Hodgson is a strong advocate of the game using modern techniques to get better results, and he has described Saturday's test as "a step forward".

"It is another advance technologically and one which I hope will prove successful and will at least banish some of the ghosts of the past," he said.

"The debate has gone on for quite a while now, hasn't it?

"I don't think there are too many people in football who have too many objections to goal-line technology because there is nothing worse than losing a game because a goal you scored has been disallowed when everybody can see afterwards that it was a goal.

"I side with all my colleagues on that one."


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